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Bookland rallies behind Hospice House

Tamara Lochhead (left), with Monahan Agency, and Bookland store manager Lexi Boone prepare for Bookland’s Hospice House Day fundraiser Saturday from 9 to 5 p.m. - Tyler Lowey/Morning Star
Tamara Lochhead (left), with Monahan Agency, and Bookland store manager Lexi Boone prepare for Bookland’s Hospice House Day fundraiser Saturday from 9 to 5 p.m.
— image credit: Tyler Lowey/Morning Star

Bookland is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the North Okanagan Hospice Society with a massive fundraiser.

Bookland, located downtown Vernon, sells books, magazines, greeting cards, and gift items.  Every dollar made Saturday will go directly to Hospice House.

“It’s hard to find people in this community who haven’t been touched by Hospice House,” said Lexi Boone, Bookland store manager.

The event goes goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include face painting by donation, a bake sale, helium balloons and local author Randy Kolibaba will sign copies of his new book, The Lies Behind the Truth, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

There will also be door prizes handed out every hour with gift cards to Nature’s Fare and Bookland.

Bookland will also be promoting its new Hospice Corner.

Due to new recycling rules, some books cannot be recycled in the blue bins anymore. Bookland encourages people to bring in those books and they will sell them in the corner, located at the front of the store, with the proceeds ongoing to  Hospice House.

Bookland raised $10,000 for Hospice House in 2008 after it underwent expansion.

The store has been a fixture in downtown Vernon for 45 years.

“We are always trying to expand in our store. We also now sell puzzles, games, candles and mugs in our gift section,” said Tamara Lochhead, of Monanhan Agency, which owns Bookland.

Operating a book store in a rapidly digital environment doesn’t phase Lochhead and Boone.

“There is always going to be people who like to hold a book in their hands. We get people with Kindles and e-readers that come in and buy books still,” said Boone.

 

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